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Veteran punter Johnson to replace Maynard for Bears vs. Chiefs

Updated: September 16, 2007, 9:34 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

With starter Brad Maynard hampered by a groin injury sustained this week in practice, the Chicago Bears have signed free agent punter Dirk Johnson for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Johnson, 32, arrived at Bears' headquarters on Saturday and signed a contract that likely will keep him with the team for just one week. Maynard's injury, suffered late in the week, is not believed to be serious, but the Bears will err on the side of caution, rather than have the strained groin ...

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